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CNC Setter/Operator

Due to continued business growth, we are looking to recruit an ambitious and motivated CNC Setter/Operator to work as part of a determined and professional team, producing high-value one-off components.  Machining tasks are varied and interesting, ranging from conventional 3-axis machining to complex 3D surfaces using 5-axis machining techniques.
Typical projects include producing scaled-down military and civilian aircraft models, comprising over 100 parts, which are assembled together and used as highly accurate forces/pressures measuring devices within the high-speed (transonic) wind tunnel on site.

The ideal applicant will be a time served, fully skilled engineer/toolmaker in the role of a CNC Setter/Operator.

Main responsibilities:

• Prepare and operate 3-, 4- and 5-axis CNC milling machines (new machining centres arriving in phases throughout the next year).
• Understand the task at hand by reading engineering drawings, and achieve the desired result by following machining instructions (PMR sheets).
• Prepare and load raw materials (high-grade steels, aluminium) and parts onto the machines.
• Supervise the machines while they execute the tasks, making any necessary adjustments to produce a better result.
• Inspect and measure finished products and compare to drawing dimensions/tolerances.
• Record data of machining operations on Route Cards.

Essential Skills:

• The ability to interpret engineering drawings and CAD models.
• Competent and confident to set and operate 3- and 4-axis vertical CNC milling machines. 
• Online programming experience, to improve machining performance.
• Self-motivated and keen to develop engineering skills to full potential.
Desirable skills:
• Proficient to set and operate 5 axis vertical milling machines (on the job training will be provided)
• Offline programming experience (familiarity with Delcam PowerMill and PowerShape is highly preferable).

The successful candidate must satisfy security clearance requirements – including the last 5 years continual UK residency.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to be part of a successful and professional team operating in a world-class facility.

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter giving your current salary/requirements and outlining your suitability for this role to

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